By: Peter Howell Movie Critic, Published on Wed Sep 11 2013
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson came to the rescue Tuesday when The Grand Seduction director Don McKellar was having trouble defining Canadians.
McKellar was puzzling over an audience member’s question about “the Canadian voice” in his comic film, during a Q-and-A session following the 9 a.m. screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Gleeson, the film’s main star, was standing near McKellar on the stage. He jumped in to offer his own interpretation of what it means to be Canadian, something he sounds like he’d really like to be.
“I think we have to do an Ontarian remake now, because you have two provinces with vastly different cultures, and we tell the same story from both places. And they’re each separate, but it is part of what is the Canadian voice,” Gleeson said.
“I think it’s an extraordinarily rich thing and what’s important about making films of this nature is that you express and share something that’s unique culturally. And that’s really where universality comes into play most, when you know what you’re talking about.
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